Franklin, Ind. – The Transylvania men's soccer team grew its win streak to six games with a 2-0 victory over the Franklin College Grizzlies at Faught Stadium on Wednesday night.
The win propels Transylvania into second place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings and improves their record to 8-4-3 overall and 6-1-1 in the HCAC. The loss drops Franklin's record to 3-14 overall and 1-7 in conference play.
The game got off to a slow start over the opening minutes of play as neither team was able to create any real offensive opportunities.
In the 40th minute, sophomore forward Griffin Lamb corralled a throw-in and blasted a shot into the left corner of the goal, giving the Pioneers a 1-0 lead at the half.
Less than ten minutes into the second half, Transylvania added to its lead when the Pioneers were awarded a penalty kick, which freshman defender Jak Birdsong sent past the Franklin goalie and into the back of the net.
With the 2-0 lead in hand, the Pioneers were content to sit back on defense and protect their lead over the final 30 minutes of play.
Transylvania goalie Drew Grisham picked up the victory in goal, improving his record to 6-2-3 on the season. The junior tallied two saves en route to his fourth shutout of the season. Grisham currently ranks second in the HCAC with a 1.14 goals against average.
The Pioneers will wrap up the regular season on Saturday, October 27 with a home matchup against the Rose-Hulman Fightin' Engineers. First touch is set for 3:30 p.m. at Pat Deacon stadium.
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